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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 136

José María Castañé collection of Sergei Smirnov photographs

Photographs from the personal collection of Sergei Smirnov, chief photographer for the newspaper Izvestia.

Dates

  • circa 1944-1999

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

1.15 linear feet (4 flat boxes)

Consists of black and white photographs of Soviet officials, their families, and members of their circles in informal settings, performing ceremonial functions, and interacting with foreign leaders. The bulk portray Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev; Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko, and Mikhail Gorbachev are also portrayed.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which the photographs by Smirnov form one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castañé Collection was donated to Harvard University’s Houghton Library in 2015.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject or title, thereunder chronologically.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Austin and Irina Klyagin, 2017.
Link to catalog
Title
Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of Sergei Smirnov photographs, circa 1944-1991 (MS Russ 136): Guide
Status
completed
Author
Michael Austin, Irina Klyagin
Date
2017 April 14
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hou02805

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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